Coronavirus, Protests, and Policing Expose Government Failure at Every Level

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Garrett Foster, an AK-47-carrying libertarian who joined Black Lives Matter protesters against police abuse, was shot and killed in Austin, Texas, Saturday night after an altercation with a motorist. The facts of the case are murky and disputed, but one overall snapshot of America is clear: Just past the midpoint of this annus horribilis, summer in too many cities is devolving into riots, police crackdowns, and the politics of violence.

All of these trace their origins to local, state, national government failures. The local police and city halls have given up on protecting property; the federal government has given up on law-enforcement federalism; officials have failed to accomplish such basics as enabling speedy test results for a deadly virus.

So argues today’s Reason Roundtable podcast, featuring Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, and special guest stars Stephanie Slade and Zach Weissmueller. The gang discusses teachers unions that want to keep schools closed and competition stifled, politicians and partisans who want to keep conflicts escalating, polls that show Joe Biden stomping Donald Trump, and whether Iron Man 2 is the most libertarian movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Relevant links from the show:

The Feds Are Still the Jackbooted Thugs We Were Warned About,” by J.D. Tuccille

‘CARES’ Package Part Two Is Coming, to the Tune of at Least $1 Trillion,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Dispatch From Portland: The Morning Crew,” by Nancy Rommelmann

The Media Wants To Guilt-Trip Parents Over School ‘Pods,’” by Matt Welch

Portland Protesters Get the Immigrant Treatment,” by Shikha Dalmia

Where’s Republican Federalism During Trump’s Urban Invasions?” by J.D. Tuccille

Dispatch From Portland: The Fire Next Time,” by Nancy Rommelmann

What It’s Like To Work in the Portland Jail During the George Floyd Protests,” by Nancy Rommelmann

Trump’s Political Opportunism Has Shredded Federalism,” by Shikha Dalmia

Trump Administration Justifies Federal Police Surge With Fake News,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

The Majority of Americans Oppose Qualified Immunity. Where Is Congress?” By Billy Binion

Rand Paul on Republican Plans for Another Coronavirus Stimulus Bill: ‘They Simply Don’t Care About the Debt,’” by Eric Boehm

Trump Deploys Lawlessness Against Lawlessness,” by Jacob Sullum

Dispatch From Portland: A Distinct Lack of Crowbars and Cops,” by Nancy Rommelmann

Rand Paul: It’s Time To Demilitarize the Police,” by Rand Paul

Trump Is Wrong: Spreading Epidemic Is Responsible for Most of the Rise in COVID-19 Cases,” by Ronald Bailey

Iron Man 2: Monsters of Metal,” by Peter Suderman

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